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School and Community Group Shows

Reservations for schools (public and home-school) and community groups may be scheduled anytime during the week, subject to availability. Teachers can choose any one of the programs listed below as part of a visit to the Star Theater at the Space Science Center. In addition to the recorded program, we will include a tour of the evening sky for the date of the visit and a preview of a laser show. Many of the programs also have supplemental educational materials so teachers can apply what students learn at the Star Theater in the classroom. The fee is $150 for any group size up to a max of 90 students and chaperones. There will be a $1 per individual charge for parents or siblings accompanying on a school program. Payment may be made by cash or check only. Please make all checks payable to Morehead State University Star Theater

To schedule a show, please check the calendar for time availability, and then submit an online reservation request.  The request should be forwarded to the star theater staff.  Once a request is submitted, you may expedite by contacting the star theater by phone or email, indicating you have submitted an online request.
Available programs are listed at the Planetarium Feature Program Library and the Laser Show Listings.  To view a public domain movie list, visit IMDB.
The Star Theater is closed during MSU's winter break and spring break.


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Available Programs

From the Earth to the Universe - 30 minutesFrom-the-Earth-to-the-universe.jpg
  • The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe. Produced by: Theofanis Matsopoulos & European Southern Observatory (ESO).

Sun Struck - 25 minutes Sunstruck.jpg
  • Discover the wonders of our sun.  Its incredible energy has supported life on Earth for millennia, but is now threatening our technology and way of life.  Travel to the distant future to discover our sun's connection to the universe's cosmic cycle of life and death! Produced by Michigan Science Center.

Exploring New Horizons – 30 minutes 
  • Exploring New Horizons takes a look at the New Horizons spacecraft and its mission to dwarf planet Pluto and other Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs). The Exploring-New-Horizons-(1).jpgprogram reviews the history of planetary discovery from ancient times and focuses especially on that of Pluto and how it has led to an amazing mission to explore the Kuiper Belt. This program also shows the importance of the scientific method and how it applies to our understanding of the Solar System. Exploring New Horizons is a production of the Bays Mountain Planetarium.

Awesome Light III- 22 minutesAwesome-Light-III.jpg
  • Climb into the thin air near the summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano where cutting edge research in astronomy is being conducted. Share the excitement and wonder as we examine how near Earth asteroids are explored with the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility. Discover how supernovae detected by the University of Hawaii's 2.2 meter telescope UH88 and what it can teach us about the size and age of our universe. View our Milky Way galaxy in a new way with UKIRT, the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope. Hear the personal stories of discovery and inspiration from Hawaiian students using the University of Hawaii Hilo's 36 inch Hoku Kea telescope. Produced by SkySkan for the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.
  • Awesome Light III Teacher Resource Packet
  • Awesome Light III Corresponding Standards

Cosmic Colors - Grades 5 and above - 31 minutes Cosmic-Colors.jpg
  • Cosmic Colors will take you on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color—like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Tour the interior of a plant leaf, voyage through a human eye, then step into the invisible universe as you investigate x-rays by taking on a monstrous black hole. Explore the world of infrared in a roaring fire, and even discover what may have been the actual color of a dinosaur. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light! An original production of the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium in cooperation with the Great Lakes Planetarium Association.
  • Cosmic Colors Teacher Resource Packet
  • Cosmic Colors Corresponding Standards

Forces of Nature - Closer Than You'd Ever Want to Be - 40 minutesForces-of-Nature.jpg
  • Witness the awesome power and the unimaginable destruction of explosive volcanoes, ground-buckling earthquakes, and deadly tornadoes as you head into the field with scientists who risk their lives exploring the origins and behaviors of these fearsome natural disasters. During this program, students will venture to the brink of an erupting volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat; discover how the history of massive, city-leveling earthquakes in Turkey is helping scientists predict where and when the next quake will strike, and crisscross the Midwest's infamous "Tornado Alley" with storm chasers racing to unlock the secrets of monster twisters. Produced by National Geographic and Geographic Flims, Inc.
  • Forces of Nature Packet
  • Forces of Nature Corresponding Standards

Awesome Light II- 23 minutes Awesome-Light.jpg
  • How do we see the invisible? By looking using different kinds of eyes! Awesome Light II takes the audience to Maunakea and the radio and submillimeter observatories located there. In this episode we see the remnants of a comet collision with Jupiter using the Smithsonian Submillimeter Array, fly into the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy an see gas flows there from the James Clark Maxwell Telescope, study star formation in the famous Whirlpool Galaxy from the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, and explore at the largest black hole and jet in the Universe with the Very Long Baseline Array. The program uses dramatic footage of each of these observatories and displays their scientific results.
  • Awesome Light II Teacher Resource Packet
  • Awesome Light II Corresponding Standards

Earth, Moon & Sun - 35 MinutesEarth-Moon-and-Sun.jpg
  • Earth, Moon, & Sun explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science. The program helps viewers understand why the Sun rises and sets, along with the basics of solar energy. The Moon's orbit, craters, phases and eclipses along with past and future space exploration to the moon and beyond are explored. While appropriate for general audiences, students in grade two through five will enjoy this look at the Earth, Moon and Sun system.
  • Earth, Moon & Sun Teacher Resource Packet
  • Earth, Moon & Sun Corresponding Standards

Cosmic Journey - 40 MinutesCosmic-Journey-III.jpg
  • Cosmic Journey uses images from NASA's great observatories to tell the story of the universe from a uniquely human perspective. Drift through images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other Nasa great observatories as Cosmic Journey takes you on a full dome experience like no other. Narrated by Astrophysicist Stacy Palen.
  • Cosmic Journey Teacher Resource Packet
  • Cosmic Journey Corresponding Standards

Expanded View - 23 MinutesExpanded-View.jpg
  • Expanded View explores some of the most beautiful deep space objects through the eyes of the Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra Space Telescopes. Each of these observing platforms view the universe through a different part of the electromagnetic spectrum; Hubble in visible light, Spitzer in infrared and Chandra in X-ray. Expanded View focuses on how scientists use these telescopes together to enhance our scientific understanding.
  • Expanded View Teacher Resource Packet
  • Expanded View Corresponding Standards

The Nature of Science - 21 MinutesNature-of-science.jpg
  • The Nature of Science is designed to communicate what science is and how scientists work. Featuring interviews with Weber State University Science faculty as they discuss their work, The Nature of Science is intended to communicate "what science is, how science works and how you can get involved."
  • Nature of Science Teacher Resource Packet

One World, One Sky - 27 Minutes (A Program for Preschool, Kindergarten & 1st Grade)One-world-one-sky.jpg
  • Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States; their friend Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China. Join the characters of Sesame Street as they discover that even though they live far apart they still see the same stars at night. Be sure to ask for the 53 - page teacher's guide or facilitator's guide that includes pre - and post -visit activities that accompany the program. 
  •  One World One Sky Teacher's Guide

Dawn of the Space Age - 41 minutesDawn-of-the-Space-Age.jpg
  • Relive the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of man’s first steps into space. Who were these men and women that took part in these death-defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore, in Dawn of the Space Age.
  • Dawn of the Space Age Teacher Resource Packet
  • Dawn of the Space Age Corresponding Standards

Stars - 26 minutesstars.jpg
  • Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars. The stunning animation highlighted by astronauts, spacecraft, telescopes, nebulas, cluster, and more, was created by the talented team of the National Space Centre (Leicester, UK). This dramatic program features the voice talent of Mark Hamill. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert-George Schram, resident conductor, performed part of the Stars soundtrack.
  • Stars Teacher Resource Packet
  • Stars Corresponding Standards

Black Holes- 25 minutesBlack-Holes.jpg
  • Narrated by Academy Award winning actor Geoffrey Rush and presenting the latest scientific information, this planetarium show brings to life all that is fascinating and extreme in the world of black holes. Witness what would happen if you got too close to one and see how a black hole is able to warp time and space. No longer the stuff of science fiction, the discovery of the black hole has been a triumph of modern science, an incredible journey from imagination to reality.
  • Black Holes Teacher Resource Packet
  • Black Holes Corresponding Standards

Origin Of Life- 24 minutes OOL.jpg
  • Origins of Life deals with some of the most profound questions of life science, the origin of life and the human search for life beyond Earth. Starting with the Big Bang, in chronological order, the show deals with pre-biotic chemistry in the universe, the formation of stars, the formation of solar systems, and the first life on Earth. Furthermore, Origins of Life covers the great extinctions as well as our search for (primitive) life beyond planet Earth. Origins of Life is a motivational journey through time and a celebration of life on Earth. It features many recent discoveries related to life science, demonstrating to the youth that if there was ever a time that science made it greatest advances, it would be right now. Narrated by Lord Robert Winston.
  • Origin of Life Teacher Resource Packet
  • Origin of Life Corresponding Standards 

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope – 24 minutes
  • While attending a local star party, two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with a local female astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe. While looking through the astronomer's telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn's rings and the spiral structure of galaxies. During their conversation with the astronomer, they also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others. Sky images and full dome video will transport the planetarium audiences to some of the largest observatories in the world, as well as places of historical significance. The soundtrack was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass Teacher Resource Packet
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass Corresponding Standards

Season of Light - 35 minutes (holiday program)Season-of-Light.jpg
  • An elegant, sophisticated non-denominational presentation for the winter holiday season. Naturally, there is some astronomy in Season of Light. We catch a few northern winter constellations, illustrate why we have seasons, and explore the possible astronomical explanations for a “star over Bethlehem” in the last quarter of the show. Narrated by National Public Radio’s Noah Adams.
  • Season of Light Teacher Resource Packet
  • Season of Light Corresponding Standards

Tour of the Universe live program- 25 minutesTour-of-the-universe.jpg
Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda- 18 minutes (laser program)Perseus-Andromeda.jpg
  • Perseus and Andromeda is 18 minutes of full-dome fun, while also teaching children and adults the Greek mythological story about the constellations. Perseus and Andromeda engages the audience with a wonderful story filled with humorous and exciting characters.

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion– 23 minutes (laser program)Orion.jpg
  • Legends of the Night Sky: Orion takes a lighthearted and imaginative look at the myths and stories associated with the constellation Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky. The show brings the mythological Orion to life in a fun-filled, animated adventure. Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Orion's adventures as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess. By the end of the story, we learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons.